Upon the re-admittance of Texas into the Union in 1876 and the return to a freely elected government, the Rangers played an integral part in restoring law and order to Texas. It was during this period that legend records a Texas Ranger stepping down from a train in a riot-torn town and being met by the locals who said, They only sent one Ranger? His reply, You only got one riot, dont you? assured the Rangers place in Texas lore. One riot, one Ranger personifies the image of the Texas Rangers held by Texans.